Heartland Region



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*All meals are included with registration  


Regular Rates
Member $175
Non-Member $220
Student (member) $100
Student (non-member) $125
Presenter $85
One-Day $110
Exhibitor $250

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Hotel Info (lodging is not available on-site):
Best Western at Eau Claire.
Call 715-838-9989 to book a room!
Mention that you are part of the AEE block of rooms. 
85 rooms available
No Shuttle Services
*Register room by February 22, 2019 for $82 per night or rate is subject to change 

Keynote Speaker: Andrea Knepper 
Andrea Knepper

As a child, whenever Andrea’s family went anywhere even slightly close to water, her mother would take a spare set of clothes – because Andrea would end up IN the water.  The outdoors had a huge impact on her, impacting who she is as a human being.  Partly because of this, in 2006, Andrea, by then a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, founded Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT) and has been the director since.  CAT works with Chicago youth who wouldn’t usually get the chance to get outdoors, using outdoor sports to build life skills. Andrea puts a strong emphasis on leadership and community building. In addition, she has been teaching paddlesports and leading adventure travel trips since 1998. In 2015 she became the 7th North American woman to earn the 5 Star Sea Leader Award, and in 2016 became the second American to earn the UKCC Level 3 Coach Award. As a coach and a clinician, Andrea believes that paddling, learning, and growing should be fun, challenging, accessible and engaging.  She works to individualize her delivery in an attempt to provide everyone with a challenge and an opportunity to learn in a way that is effective for them. 

See Andrea speak at 4:45pm on Saturday, March 23rd!

The Heartland Region includes the following provinces and states:
Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan.

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